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The playlist introduces 7 pictures of “Listen! Babylon!” an on-going & interminable Radio Drama; A 50 minutes version was broadcast as the LONG WALK radio play on German radio, Studio for Acoustic Arts Cologne in Oct. 2009 & rebroadcast by Kunstradio Austria in May 2010. (http://www.kunstradio.at/2010A/23_05_10.html ). The audio clips presented on this page are also accompanying a written article, a manual & dramaturgy of listening called "Listen! Babylon!" which remains to be published.

A video trailer "AFRICA in the Belly of the Beast" re-mixing picture/ track 5 can be watched at: "An Ear on the Ground": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSJVXbgxKmc

The LONG WALK radio drama joins three participatory projects realised in the inner city of Johannesburg (Jozi) in 2005-06 and brings them together into one new dramatic frame. The individual projects are, Long Walk; Long Walk (abridged) (LWa); Radio Armed Response (RAR). The numbers of the audio samples reference and quote in excerpt the consecutive acts of the radio drama, which are: 01 Nights of departure (6:27'); 02 Terminal history (4:48'); 03 Zooming into Jozi via Alex (11:26'); 04 Here & overseas (8:05'); 05 Inside the belly (5:07'); 06 Azania (9:22'); 07 Finale-alla-parade (5:31). For further information, www.radiocontinentaldrift.wordpress.com

LONG WALK is one of the three projects, a public chess tournament across the Fence between the Johannesburg Art Gallery and Joubert Park in the inner city in November 2005. An SAfm interview with the organisers and S.A. Chess Champion Watu Kobese on the telephone is remixed in the radio play and can be accessed at: http://www.archive.org/details/RadioContinentalDrift; the final act of the drama is a remix of the tournament (audio sample 7; 3b "shows" the scene); stats of the audio archive for the 50 minutes radio drama: 11.5 GB of audio footage and clips from the 3 projects and other related material such as the music of Amadou Sangare dit Bari ("l'Histoire de Moussa Tchefari Pere de Sabally 1") quoted in sample 1 and 3b and the jingle of "Radio Freedom" in sample 4; the 7 uncompressed remixes forming the listening drama are 1.16G; the CD record of its WDR broadcast compressed to 256 kbps is 100 MB.

The 30 minutes radio piece "Long Walk (abridged)" (LWa) was commissioned and first broadcast by the RADIA network and Resonance fm in London in February 2007; the archive of near to 200 footage clips is based on recordings of instant street translations of Mandela's biography "Long Walk to Freedom" (abridged edition) by people in the inner city of Jozi, Park Station and Alexandra township ("Alex") in March 2006; the piece is a multi-lingual collage edited & "mixed" in a single audio track; excerpts are in sample 2, 4, and 6; the piece is for free download archived on-line at: http://www.radia.fm/programmes/archive/2007/01/;

"Radio Armed Response" (RAR), the third project, is based on "dramatic" field recordings from a "gated community" in Sandton, a northern suburb of Jozi, and in Diepkloof, Soweto in March 2006; originally commissioned by the Goethe Institut Johannesburg, it was first broadcast on Resonance fm in April 2007 http://podcasts.resonancefm.com/archives/675; a recent remix was commissioned by the audio magazine www.vibrofiles.com published in the "Plastic People Issue" in spring 2009; its quasi documentary narrative unfolds around questions of "private security", arranged over a 45 minutes playlist of 31 single audio tracks (2007 edit); remixed as 11 minutes listening piece over 4 tracks using panning to lay-out the sounds and voices for an audio stage (2008 edit; see: www.vibrofiles.com ).

Thank you for Listening.
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